Gen X were blamed for being too apathetic.
Gen Z is "too sensitive" according to some.
The media has been mocking Millenials and blaming them for killing just about every industry and "institution" possible for years.
Wait, so who ARE these people‽‽
There's variations depending on your source, but basically:
- The Silent Generation: Born 1928-1945
- Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964
- Generation X: Born 1965-1980
- Millennials: Born 1981-1996
- Generation Z: Born 1997-Present
But this isn't another article about everything wrong with the "snowflakes" Gen Xers, millennials and Gen Zs.
This is an article about the way that same sort of treatment, when applied to (baby) Boomers, caused an atomic level freakout.
The ones usually saying things like "snowflake," "back in my day" and railing against "PC culture gone crazy."
Recently, the phrase "OK Boomer" has entered the cultural lexicon as a way of dismissing a conversation that you know is going nowhere—particularly with an older person who is unwilling to accept factual evidence or allow for any opinion or experience besides their own.
This sums it up pretty well:
Really feeling this tonight. #okboomer https://t.co/wfZofjCNbl— Neil🦎Rawson (@Neil🦎Rawson)1572845914.0
So now that you've got the concept, let's talk about radio host Bob Lonsberry. He is a man born during the baby boom (so, literally a Boomer) who is pretty well known for his ... opinionated ... stance on a lot of things.
He was fired from an NYC radio show for racist remarks and has a habit of comparing pretty much everything to the n-word. B*tch, "plus sized" and "hater" are all just as bad as the n-word in his eyes.
But don't worry, he once tweeted the full word as opposed to the phrase "n-word" because, he claims, a person called him one and meant it as a compliment so it was fine.
... Sure they did, Bob...
In continuing with his "everything is the n-word" pattern, Bob took major offense to the phrase "OK Boomer" and tweeted (then deleted, then re-tweeted) about how awful it was.
Here's the original tweet:
BobLonsberry / Twitter Screenshot
So you know how some things don't go over well and other things go down in a total raging dumpster fire full of the kind of gloriously blazing failure you didn't even know was possible?
Yeah ... we'll let you guess which way this went.
Bob's tweet got bodied HARD.
Even the dictionary had something to say about it.
Boomer is an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between 1… https://t.co/KijjNjIeB9— Dictionary.com (@Dictionary.com)1572884725.0
The dictionary wasn't the only one.
Bob was pretty much Twitter roasted to oblivion.
@BobLonsberry Comparing boomer to a racial slur is peak boomer, boomer https://t.co/wFjhUsbCKp— the bad Katie (@the bad Katie)1572890608.0
I'm just spitballing @BobLonsberry, but what if your ilk didn't blame Millennials for every failed business, scream… https://t.co/apUIDXBlwx— The Gil-Monster (@The Gil-Monster)1572910984.0
reposting @_beewilly’s tweet since @BobLonsberry did a #dirtydelete #boomaplease #okboomer https://t.co/xOFGPUUTF2— Kleon Toffetti (@Kleon Toffetti)1572940456.0
@BobLonsberry That you're fine with it, as long as it doesn't target you? https://t.co/b5MAPrAXiH— Daniel Smith (@Daniel Smith)1572895014.0
Hi I'm @BobLonsberry, and when I'm not busy shitting on Puerto Ricans and poor black folks, I like to pretend I'm o… https://t.co/t4agHupOeF— (((Sameach L. Jackson))) (@(((Sameach L. Jackson))))1572891491.0
For those of you who were introduced to the wonders of Bob Lonsberry today, I should perhaps let you know that he's… https://t.co/KcjgyhIcDT— Erin Scherer 🤨 (@Erin Scherer 🤨)1572908199.0
@ThatNormalBunny @BobLonsberry And yet his n-word tweets are just sitting there https://t.co/Vgb6qWhylk— PMG (@PMG)1572935745.0
@BobLonsberry Show me lynchings and beatings where the word “boomer” was screamed at the victim during the assault.… https://t.co/Mq2Sv2Bhza— LiA (@LiA)1572888916.0
@BobLonsberry Saying your generation's official name is the equivalent of the most heinous racial slur in America is some real Boomer shit— Louisa 🌈👭 (@Louisa 🌈👭)1572880760.0
And some people brought receipts.
Seems Bob doesn't practice what he preaches.
@BobLonsberry interesting https://t.co/NqAQbiRy7u— 🍂 Gillian Brockell 🍂 (@🍂 Gillian Brockell 🍂)1572884548.0
Remember, Twitter isn't afraid to dig deep and point out your hypocrisy. There's a tweet for everything and screenshots are forever.